Contemporary Churches by Rev. Louis F. Kavar, Ph.D.

Contemporary Churches by Rev. Louis F. Kavar, Ph.D. Contemporary Churches by Louis F. Kavar, is another book that addresses the problem of the church’s inability to engage the culture. The answer, Kavar claims is a “Spiritual Transformation of the Congregation.” Kavar states that “As culture changes, so should the church. However, the church has been [Read More…]

Rules for Revolutionaries by Becky Bond and Zack Exley

Rules for Revolutionaries by Becky Bond and Zack Exley Rules for Revolutionaries by Becky Bond and Zack Exley is a book that describes how big organizing can be used to change everything. Here is a list of the “the rules” which also happen to be the title of each chapter in the book. 1. You [Read More…]

Blessed Are the Weird: A Manifesto for Creatives by Jacob Nordby

Blessed Are the Weird: A Manifesto for Creatives by Jacob Nordby In 2012, Jacob Nordby spun out a poem that began: Blessed are the Weird People– poets, misfits, writers, mystics, heretics, painters & troubadours– for they teach us to see through different eyes… This book expands on the famous poem. He helps the reader to [Read More…]

Hearing God in Conversation by Samuel C. Williamson

Hearing God in Conversation by Samuel C. Williamson Hearing God in Conversation by Samuel C. Williamson is a book that was written to help the reader “recognize God’s voice everywhere.” Williamson begins with the premise that God does speak and that He wants to talk with us (40-41) (John 10:3, Jeremiah 33:3, Revelation 3:20, John [Read More…]

#OrganicJesus by Scott Douglas

#OrganicJesus by Scott Douglas #OrganicJesus by Scott Douglas is a book that the author states is about “finding your way to an unprocessed, gmo-free Christianity.” The book is divided into two parts: (1) “Not Yo Mama’s Christianity,” and (2) “Not Yo Mama’s Faith.” Douglas writes like he has a short-attention span. His book is organized [Read More…]

Patmos by C. Baxter Kruger

Patmos by C. Baxter Kruger Patmos by C. Baxter Kruger is a fanciful tale of a meeting between Aidan and the Apostle John. The writing style is solid, conversational, and helps to make an easy read. The tales that are told during the imaginary conversation between Aidan and John draw the reader in. Except for [Read More…]

Discipleship by Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Discipleship by Dietrich Bonhoeffer Discipleship by Dietrich Bonhoeffer is the fourth book in the Dietrich Bonhoeffer Works series created by the Dietrich Bonhoeffer Society. contains two parts. Both parts extend his continuing thought about Christ in the midst of the church community. Early in the book, Bonhoeffer defines the purpose of discipleship (40): “Discipleship is [Read More…]

Unchurching by Richard Jacobson

Unchurching by Richard Jacobson Unchurching by Richard Jacobson defines the purpose of the book with the subtitle: “Christianity without Churchanity.” He opens with the appropriate quote from Richard Halverson, former chaplain of the United States Senate (10): In the beginning the church was a fellowship of men and women centering on the living Christ. Then [Read More…]

Parenting Without Regret by Jimmy and Laura Seibert

Parenting Without Regret by Jimmy and Laura Seibert Jimmy and Laura Seibert encourage parenting from wholeness 1 John 1:9 (16). Restoration comes by receiving forgiveness (1 John 1:9) and then extending that same forgiveness to others (Luke 23:34) (24-26). The Seiberts believe in establishing a Biblical worldview in the marriage (27): this includes embracing (1) [Read More…]

Slow Kingdom Coming by Kent Annan

Slow Kingdom Coming by Kent Annan Slow Kingdom Coming by Kent Annan is a book which asks the reader to consider practices for doing justice, loving mercy, and walking humbly in the world. Although Annan never states it, Micah 6:8 is the lens through which he views living the Christian life. Annan challenges the reader [Read More…]